Austria

Professional Recognition Process
Responsible Organisations: 

Austrian medical Chamber

Entity name: 

Austrian Medical Chamber

Contact Data: 

Phone: + 43 1 51406 3931
Email: international@aerztekammer.at
Website: www.aerztekammer.at

Requirements and Documents needed
Documents needed: 

List of documents that are required for registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber as well as detailed information leaflets can be found on the website of the Austrian Medical Chamber

Directive 2005/36/EC Applicability: 

Automatic recognition: Diplomas corresponding to Directive 2005/36/EC are recognised automatically in Austria on the condition that applicants provide certificates issued by the competent authority stating that the training is in compliance with articles 23 – 30.
Procedures based on the General system: Diplomas which do not comply with articles 23 – 30 and are not in accordance with Annexes 5.1.1 – 5.1.3 can be recognised via the general system.
 

Other Requirements: 

In order to be registered with the Austrian Medical Chamber the following general preconditions pursuant to §4 (2) Austrian Medical Act have to be fulfilled:
- EEA or Swiss nationality OR residence permit according to § 5b (1,2) of the Austrian Medical
Act OR recognised right of asylum or subsidiary protection status (§5,3)
- Full legal capacity
- Proof of good character and repute
- Fitness to practice (health condition)
- Sufficient knowledge of the German language

Doctors who have completed their medical studies in non EEA-countries have to provide either
evidence of recognition of medical studies completed abroad by one of the Medical Universities in
Austria (Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck), as equivalent with Austrian standards (i.e. Nostrifikationsbescheid
on the award of the degree „Doktor der gesamtenHeilkunde“) or provide evidence of successful
completion of medical studies in Austria before they can apply for recognition of their postgraduate
training undergone abroad by the Commission for the Accreditation of foreign training periods of
the Austrian Medical Chamber. Upon fulfilling the criteria of the Austrian Medical Training
regulations (fullfilment of the objectives of training laid down in the Training regulations), the doctor
is admitted to the exam that is obligatory for all doctors in Austria.

Foreign medical doctors without EEA-citizenship and not being granted equal treatment may apply for other types of authorization (according to § 8 par 5, § 35, § 32 and § 33 of the Austrian Medical Act). Further information can be found on the website of the Austrian Medical Chamber

Deadlines and Duration
Deadlines: 

There is no application deadline
- Automatic recognition procedures (either based on diplomas or acquired rights) normally last between one and four weeks after receipt of completed documentation.
The duration of procedures based on the general system differs widely, depending on whether it is obvious that an applicant’s training and/or professional experience are sufficient in order to recognize his or her diploma without imposing any compensation measures, or whether a medical expert has to be consulted, and a compensation measure is imposed.

- The recognition of University studies that do not constitute a diploma as mentioned in Annex 5.1.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC can last up to a few years, depending on how many exams have to be taken by the student in order to have his foreign degree recognised in Austria.

- The recognition of postgraduate training undergone abroad by the Commission for the Accreditation of Foreign training periods of the Austrian Medical Chamber takes a few weeks between the deadline for the submission of documents and the meeting and decision of the Commission.

Re-certification required: 

No.

Re-certification Information: 

Not for individual doctors, but doctors who run their own practice are obliged to perform regular comprehensive quality assessments according to certain, legally binding procedures and notify the Austrian Medical Chamber of its results.

Internship
Internship required?: 
no
How long does it last and what are the conditions to start with it and to finish it?: 

Austria currently does not have a system where an internship is obligatory before the award of the license to practice.
In Austria the current system is as follows:
After graduation from medical universities, graduates either go into training in general practice (3 years according to a curriculum), or into specialist training (6 years according to the curriculum of the respective specialty).
After successful completion of training in general practice, respectively after successful completion of training in the specialty, the diploma is awarded. Unlike in other countries, in Austria there is no individual document certifying the medical licenses. Rather it is the diploma in general practice/the specialist diploma which confers the right to medical practice.

 

Postgraduate Medical Training
Responsible Organisations: 

Austrian Medical Chamber

Entity name: 

Austrian Medical Chamber

Selection and Deadlines: 

Depending on the position; individual applications at the hospital or via competent organisations of the federal states (Bundesländer) responsible for the allocation of training posts

Selection Process Description: 

Depends on the employer and position

Application Deadlines: 

Depends on the employer

Advertisement: 

- In the journal of the Austrian Medical Chamber: http://www.aerztezeitung.at/
- At the websites of the different medical chambers in the regions
-The regional chambers also have waiting lists on which doctors can register
- Vacant posts are also advertised on the following website: www.arztjobs.at

Funding of PGT (government-funded/funded by tax/included in healthcare insurance, etc.): 

Public funding; medical training is carried out within the scope of employment relationships.

 

Scientific Associations: 

Yes; thereare a large number of scientific associations for most medical specialties in Austria.

 

Existent Medical Degrees
Medical Degrees: 

Three public medical universities and one private one offer the possibility to complete medical studies.

Upon completion of studies, graduates are awarded the title of „doctor medicinaeuniversae“, abbreviated „Dr.med.univ.“.

Persons who complete postgraduate studies which comprise a scientific thesis, are awarded the title of doctor of medical science, abbreviated „Dr.scient.med“..

 

Working Conditions
Salary Gross/Brutto (basic, no oncalls included, in EUR): 

Depending on contract and applicable employment regulations(more than 30 different types of public services law in Austria

Used taxation scales, and (if known) average taxation percentage applied to salary: 

Income-based; progressive taxation (between 36,50% and 50%)

Paid Overtime: 
yes
Type of Contracts: 

Different contract schemes depending on the type of public services law applied (more than 30 different types)

Sick Leave: 
yes
Sick leave info: 

As stated above there are more than 30 different public service laws in Austria. The principle of continued remuneration ensures that in the event of sickness, industrial accident and occupational illness and during rest cure and convalescence leave, employees’ remuneration will continue to be paid. As an employee one is obliged to inform the employer as soon as one becomes incapacitated for work.

Paid vacation: 
yes
Vacation info: 

Five weeks of vacation/year

Maternity leave: 
yes
Maternity leave info: 

During the protection period the employment relationship continues to exist, and the employee receives a maternity allowance (Wochengeld) of about the same amount as the average remuneration during the last 13 weeks before the absolute employment prohibition. Maternity leave of at least 16 weeks without any reduction in salary.

Social security system like unemployment benefits: 

Yes

Type of healthcare – healthcare for free National health system or Health Insurance: 

Social insurance in Austria is composed of health, pension and accident insurance.
Insurance in each branch is, in most cases, provided by different insurance providers.
Compulsory insurance is characteristic of the Austrian social insurance system, which thus includes practically all employed persons.

Other Information
Training Center Acreditation: 

Yes

Acceptance of foreign trainees for short term: 

Foreign medical doctors have the possibility to engage in medical activities for educational purposes.(§35 of the Austrian Medical Act).

Mandatory Insurance required (for malpractice): 
yes
Who is responsible for the damage immaterial and material: 

Obligation to take out and prove a professional indemnity insurance for self-employed medical activity.
It is recommended that also employed doctors take out an indemnity insurance, if hospital carrier has not taken out an insurance.

Responsibility primarily lies with the hospital acting as contracting party in the treatment contract.

Perspective towards migration of Healthcare Professionals and additional information: 

There is an ongoing immigration from medical doctors from other EEA countries to Austria. However, the waiting time to find a training position can be relatively long in some cases.
Before engaging in a medical activity in Austria foreign medical doctors have to sit a German language exam.
On the other hand, Austrian Medical doctors migrate in other EEA countries in order to broaden their personal and professional horizon.

Updating of information
Last date this information was checked: 

10.02.2014

Person providing the data and contact (must include e-mail adress): 

International department of the Austrian Medical Chamber;

international@aerztekammer.at